Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: February 5, 2013
The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth...
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.
I absolutely loved Cinder and I was a bit worried that Scarlet, the sequel, wouldn't live up to my high expectations. But I shouldn't have worried, because I loved Scarlet just as much.
This installment has a split focus on Cinder and a new character, Scarlet Benoit (with a few glimpses of Emperor Kai thrown in). I loved Scarlet. She is fiery and stubborn and loyal and dedicated. I definitely connected with her and I loved the parts about Cinder and Scarlet equally (this doesn't always happen, I often prefer one character's story).
We met a few other new characters in this one and they are well done as well. Captain Thorne started off annoying, but now I love him. He provided some excellent comic relief, as well as being much less useless than I initially thought. And Wolf. Oh my goodness, what can I say about him? I was so torn throughout the most of the book. I had both hopes and suspicions, and somehow both ended up being true. And by the end, I was much less torn.
The only slightly negative thing I can say is that it took me a bit to get into this one. I think that is 100% me though because I was reading this one over the holidays, so there was so much going on that made it a bit hard to focus on reading.
I really love the world Marissa Meyer has created and I can't wait to start Cress to continue in it. And Winter will be a very long time coming!
I can say with confidence that Scarlet is the best book I've read so far in 2014!
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